Il Castello

4.4
707 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
New York Times Review. (10/23, 2010 by M. H. Reed) WORTH IT!
"Rediscovering the Art of Classic Details - Diners missing the serenity and Old World details once offered at the county’s high-end restaurants, many of which are now defunct, can rediscover some of those niceties at Il Castello."



Zagat Survey:
Food: 24, Decor: 19, Service: 25.
This tiny jewel of a place in Mamaroneck, NY packs a big punch with delicious Northern Italian delicacies and an excellent wine list delivered via an impeccable staff.
Rich wood, chandeliers and civil sound levels provide an impress-a-date setting at a cost that is not that expensive for the neighborhood. It is recognized for excellence and one of the best Italian restaurants in Mamaroneck.
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RM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Il Castello is one of those restaurants you should try on an occasion that is not special in any way. I came here with my husband for Valentine’s Day looking for fine Italian cuisine and was sorely disappointed with the service. I had reservations and still had to wait 45 minutes and it took about that long for someone to even acknowledge that we were there. I had to stop one of the rushed waiters to ask about my reservation who didn’t help much. The food was good I have to say but the journey to get it on our table was horrendous.

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CJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Valentines day

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GB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines Day

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very lovely restaurant. Impressive. Excellent food

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S
New York Area
148 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Osso Buco was a special and boy, was it good.. a full size drink and a glass of Chianti and I became a happy camper

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S
New York Area
148 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The best! terrific pasta anD fish. The Caesar salad is even better when you ask for Larry's version ( extra garlic and anchovies)
Friday evenings are very noisy as the small space reverberates the sound!

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AS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here, different group of friends, everyone loved everything we ordered and appreciated the chef’s attentiveness. Planning to go again with other friends soon.

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U
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

New Year’s Eve. Great choice

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M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I have been going here for dinner on New Year's Eve for several years. It is always packed and lively but very good service and food. They always have excellent specials, but the items on the regular menu are also very good. This is an "old school" type of Italian Restaurant, but it has extremely high quality food and wines and just is a good place to go.

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MD
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated Christmas here and the whole family was very pleased with the meal, service and overall experience. There was plenty of attentive staff ready to serve us and each meal was excellent including the wine, appetizers and dessert. We were so happy with the choice and will definitely return!

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A
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Party of 10, Christmas Eve dinner for my family. Everything was fine, but the waiters seemed rushed/flustered. Food was very good. Nice selection of specials.

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DK
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an excellent choice when visiting family for the holidays its a go to spot for a family dinner. When we lived in Westchester this restaurant provided a weekly night out

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S
New York Area
309 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The owner, Lenny is always so gracious. The food was very nice and we were welcomed very warmly.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always look forward to dining at Il Castello and have recommended t to our friends.

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RH
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here many times and never tire of the quick valet parking, attentive service, unreal bread, including the tastiest breadsticks ever, and cold, perfect cocktails. In addition to the many specials, the menu offers something for everyone. Don’t forget Lenny, the amiable owner, who is always on the move to be certain that things run smoothly and who is likely to stop by your table to say hello. We are already looking forward to our next visit, hopefully in the near future. Try Il Castello and you will not be disappointed.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a great dinner!!! The service is wonderful and the staff on point 😊

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

outstanding food and service is great! The room gets a bit noisy because it's not a large restaurant, but the food is so good I didn't care!

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L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service is always wonderful here! Despite the romaine lettuce scare we were able to enjoy a great Caesar salad made with bib lettuce! We love eating here!

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S
New York Area
148 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It does not get much better than this! The food is consistently so good. Maybe , because the owner is on the premises everyday.
The drinks are perfect.
The new thin bread sticks are wonderful;better than the packaged ones found in a lot of similar restaurants.
If you want a great ceasar salad, ask them to prepare it Larry's way ( me). I always ask them for sevderal extra anchovies and extra garlic to be be ground into the bowl along with the other ingredients of lemon and oil and egg yolk. Yummy!
The ,main courses this evening were, a pork chop made to my liking , medium rare, covered with onions and mushrooms and sauteed red peppers. My companions had a stuffed veal chop and a veal parmigiana without cheese.
left with a nice warm feeling.
Note, not related to the restaurant except to eat there once a week minimum.

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s
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The other night they had stuffed veal chop (a special). It was the best stuffed veal chop, tender not chewy, creamy, topped with cheese and mushrooms, and lots of it (but I finished it all).

My wife and our guest also enjoyed their meals (I can't remember what they ordered!)

My wife and I try to get there maybe once a month. Service is great and they have valet parking.

Bottom line: Go there. Honestly, not on weekends; it's too crowded.

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e
New York Area
142 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Always a pleasure to dine at Il Castillo. You're always greeted as if you had been there the day before. Service is very attentive, and food is very good.

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RD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A first rate restaurant. We've dined there often and never been disappointed.

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OT
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, food and wine was fantastic

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JA
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at the restaurant and we loved it. The food was superb. The staff was prompt and friendly. You should market the house made bread sticks. They were wonderful

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S
New York Area
148 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Spectacular homemade cavetelli pasta and old reliable chicken parm ; absolutely the best in the area.
Great simple meal with a glass of wine and we went home more than satisfied and soem left overs for the next afternoon snack.

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N
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The first time I dined at Il Castello, I raved for weeks. I reported that it was the best meal I'd had since coming home from Italy. The service was a delight, and each dish was "the best I had ever had" of that food item. Their octopus slammed every dish I've had elsewhere. The chef has such a light hand that no matter the preparation, the quality of the ingredients is what shines most brightly. If that's not the definition of fine Italian cuisine, I don't know what is. Returning a second time, not to mention during Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, I couldn't expect the same level of meal. Was I wrong. Despite the bargain, the busier dining room, etc., each course was a revelation, the servers took time to help us choose wine (despite it being only a glass, not a full bottle!) We are so lucky to have this in our community. I just hope it doesn't become overcrowded as more people discover this gem!

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RH
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Castello never disappoints! The restaurant week menu offered plenty of choices, cocktails were dreamy and of course the service was top notch! The breadsticks are addicting and we all loved our entrees. This is our favorite go-to place any night of the week. We will be back very soon!

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HK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very disappointed. Took 1.5 hours for main dishes to arrive and the got half the orders wrong.
Pasta lacked flavor. Very noisy, will not return.

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y
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

Noise level. worst of any restaurant anywhere.Waiting for tables feel free to stand in the rain .Fpd this night fair to poor.

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R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Waitstaff was curt and rude. Food was cold on scalding hot plates. Servers tried to take food away while I was eating it. Check was brought before we even ordered our dessert. The noise was deafening; servers constantly reached across my body to clean, organize and serve. Overall, most uncomfortable experience.

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M
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was part of restaurant week. The food was decent and service was good.

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BR
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Although the food was pretty good we were in and out of there in an hour, including cocktails and dessert. I HATE THAT. They definitely overbook this small restaurant. There were 3 groups waiting to get in at 8:00 when we left and there wasn’t an empty table (except for ours which they still had to clear).

When I go out to dinner, I like to enjoy my cocktail and conversation. I don’t even want to look at a menu until I’ve settled in for at least 15 minutes. Here, after 15 minutes we already had our appetizers.

Honestly, this review is very much influenced by this service. I can’t say that the food wasn’t good, but it went by so fast, it was difficult to notice.

I think this restaurant gets great reviews because the prices are moderate. But I would rather pay a little more and make it more of an experience. This is one that I will not go back to (BTW, we’ve been here before so this was not just an off night).

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d
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Attention to detail - received our requested table. We were not rushed and allowed to linger. Owner could not have been nicer. I highly recommend Il Castello.

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F
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Our first time here on a Saturday night. It was very busy but incredibly loud, couldn't have a conversation with my dining partner. The food was good as was their presentations. I would go back but not on a Saturday night, perhaps during the week when it might be slower/quieter.

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CM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

From the bread and breadsticks to dessert was delicious. We went early on friday night and the service was excellent and the food really was fresh. Good sized menu. Would definitely go back and recommend to others for good Italian food in Mamaroneck.

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San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual - food was great, service was attentive and we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner!

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BJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant. Lenny is amazing! Food was insane and the service is as well.

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RS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very pleasant overall. I made a reservation for 715 and we were seated right away. The waiter was patient and went through the numerous specials. They were very willing to accommodate special requests for the dishes. I don't think he heard that I wanted an appetizer but it came very fast after we brought this up. My swordfish was excellent, as was my wife's chicken. They were great about not rushing you. We were there for over 3 hours! Menu items were a bit pricey but the food was tasty and portions were ample. My wife complained the noise level was too high, but it is a small restaurant with a lot of tables that are closeby so it is hard to avoid...

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S
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It never fails to please! Absolutely delicious, amazing service and very accommodating chef for food intolerances. Love it there!

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WG
New York Area
143 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A favorite neighborhood restaurant. Always greeted warmly. The breadsticks are to die for. Fabulous osso buco. We come here frequently. Never disappointed. Beware Fridays and Saturdays very crowded so service suffers sometimes but the food makes up for it.

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